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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • A new featurette explores Alan Tudyk‘s K-2SO.
  • Go behind the scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s biggest battle.
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger responds to that Star Wars boycott.
  • A bunch of new aliens and droids have been revealed.
  • Rogue One is looking to make a lot of money in its opening week.
  • John Knoll talks about recreating Darth Vader’s iconic costume.
  • An hour of interviews with various members of the cast and crew.

When I watched a half hour of footage from Rogue One, I noted that Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO felt like an early favorite, stealing virtually every scene he was in right out from under his fleshy human co-stars. Then our own Peter Sciretta saw the completed film and while he can’t fully review it yet, he did tweet that this former Imperial security droid was a standout. And that brings us to this new featurette, which offers a look at the newest Star Wars droid, complete with plenty of footage of Tudyk on set in his motion capture suit (and the rig he described as the “backpack of shame” when I interviewed him).

While we’re watching featurettes, this quick look at the filming of Rogue One‘s gigantic final battle sequence offers a look at the scope of this production. The “paradise planet” of Scarif is home to some Imperial construction yards in the film, but in the real world, it was a beach in the Maldives and everyone looks equally excited and exhausted to be there.

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White supremacists have decided that Rogue One‘s female lead and diverse cast is an attack on their pasty, fragile masculinity, so they decided to launch a boycott that will probably be as successful as their Hamilton boycott. At the film’s premiere, Disney CEO Bob Iger did his best to play down the whole thing, telling The Hollywood Reporter:

I think the whole story has been overblown and, quite frankly, it’s silly. I have no reaction to [this] story at all. Frankly, this is a film that the world should enjoy. It is not a film that is, in any way, a political film. There are no political statements in it, at all. […] [Rogue One] has one of the greatest and most diverse casts of any film we have ever made and we are very proud of that, and that is not a political statement, at all.

Even if Rogue One isn’t making a direct political statement, the depiction of a multi-ethnic group standing up to fascist empire is inherently political in the year 2016. That’s the thing about art – it’s always political whether it wants to be or not.

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed a few more aliens and droids as part of a larger gallery of images, including this look at Weeteef Cyubee, a tiny Rebel soldier played by series regular Warwick Davis. Here’s how he’s described:

Warwick Davis has played various characters in three Star Wars movies — and in Rogue One he’s back as a wrinkly member of Saw Gerrera’s (Forest Whitaker) team. “Warwick is performing pretty blind inside the animatronic head,” creature-effect supervisor Neal Scanlan says. “He is cocooned in his [costume], and his imagination brings such incredible life to his performance.” Though Weeteef is a good rebel, his look was inspired by a mean fish. “We thought of a piranha,” says Scanlan, pointing out that Weeteef’s name is slang (wee teeth) for his tiny, sharp incisors.

We’ve included a more images in the gallery below, but you can follow that link above for the full gallery and more details.

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